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When A Shimmer Eyeshadow Lover Goes Matte With Urban Decay’s Naked Basics Palette

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By Sheila Arkee

Hello, my name is Sheila, and I am a shimmer loving individual. I can’t help it- I’m just one of those folks who loves to shimmer, shimmer, shimmer on forever. And I always will! I do appreciate the virtues of a matte shadow and had Urban Decay’s Naked Basics palette on my mind for quite some time.


Urban Decay’s Naked Basics is a collection of six satin and matte shadows with four colors that are exclusive to this palette. These are rich, velvety shadows that are great when worn on their own or blended with other shadows.


The colors include: Venus (soft, off-white demi-matte), Foxy (very light yellow/white matte), Walk of Shame (very light nude matte)…


Venus, Foxy, Walk of Shame

… Naked2 (taupe matte), Faint (warm, dusty brown matte) and Crave (deepest, darkest brown/black matte).


Naked2, Faint, Crave

With the seasonal skin dryness I’ve been experiencing, I’ve been a tad bit concerned about my lids lately – there are some dry spots which are usually covered quite well by shimmery shadows, but Naked Basics has stepped up to the plate, courtesy of Urban Decay’s Pigment Infusion System™. The colors apply smoothly and blend really well. I mean, really well! I’m really impressed with the quality of these shadows – they give matte shadows a brand new reputation – and a good one, a that!


These rich matte browns are the perfect way to compliment a brighter lip!


I have to mention that Naked Basics reminds me of Physicians Formula Classics Basics, a similar palette that is not quite as smooth or pigmented, but is somewhat of a dupe for Naked Basics.

My Final Thoughts: Mattes are a hard texture to pin down and often end up dry and patchy. Urban Decay seems to have conquered this problem with a set of silky smooth, pigment-rich colors that are pretty on their own and when used to blend down brighter colors. If you’re missing matte neutrals in your makeup collection, you’ll want to snag this set.

Rating: A+

Price: $27

Availability: You can purchase this at Sephora stores and online at Sephora.com.

Cruelty-free? Yes

Paraben-free? Yes

Gluten-free? Yes

*Product purchased with a gift card provided by Coupons.com in exchange for a post.

  • http://www.neversaydiebeauty.com Allison

    I just started using this palette, and they are very nice. I was born a shimmer girl, but with age, alas, I’ve had to tone it down a bit. These matte nude shades are great for everyday. With primer, I also find them highly pigmented and long lasting. The browns make great eyeliner for me!

  • http://www.slashedbeauty.com Miranda

    The neutrals look great on you, especially with the punch of color on your lips!

  • http://www.ishahxbeauty.com Ishah

    My hubby bought me this for Valentine’s Day and I still haven’t used it!! I’m such a hoarder.

  • http://www.Phyrra.net Phyrra

    I LOVE this palette! It’s one of the best.

  • Nikki

    I’m a shimmer girl, too! This UD palette, though, has started me down a beautiful matte shadow path. I really like this matte look on you, Sheila! Just gorgeous!

  • http://beautytidbits.com Harshleen

    I am and will always be a big shimmer fan like you! I love the look that you created with this palette….

  • http://daydreamingbeauty.com Amber

    Really a pretty look on you! I have this palette and never use it. I feel like my eyes just pop more with shimmer! UD does the best matte shadows though, in my opinion!